Awards & Honours
‘Irrespective of whether today, yesterday, months, years or decades ago, if you have received personal recognition of an Award or Honour that you would like to share with RNWA members and oppos then please let us know. Ideally every submission should be accompanied by at least one photograph (a maximum of three) and a write-up explaining the photograph(s) and how and when you came by the Award or Honour. Please do not read too deeply into the title in so as far as the formality and the official capacity of the Award or Honour. Of course if you received a CBE, OBE, MBE, BEM or any other form of military or civilian type of honour, then let’s hear about it, but on the other hand let’s have an element and mixture of fun, so perhaps in your Pussers days you were awarded a certificate for ‘Crossing The Line’ or an award for the largest marrow at your local County fayre, then be proud and let’s hear about it to liven up the website with glorious dits’ and photo’s. You can of course submit more than one topic that you were and are proud of’
MARIE TAYLOR BEM
Award of British Empire Medal
In May, Marie was informed that she was to be awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queens’ Birthday Honours List. It was to be presented by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mr Barry Dodd CBE and it was presented ‘For being The Standard Bearer for the Royal Naval Association and for services to Veterans and the community’.
The presentation was held at Northallerton County Hall on 29 September 2019 and Marie took with her a family member and three friends from where she had previously worked. It was a lovely day and 5 awards were presented. After the ceremony and photos in the grounds Marie had tea and sandwiches and cake and they were all given a book signed by the Lord Lieutenant about North Yorkshire
Marie was supposedly to have been invited to a Queens’ Garden Party but somehow was missed but fortunately accompanied a friend from the Wrens, (ex-Writer G) Lin McCormack. That again was a most enjoyable and memorable day and again the weather smiled on them.